Posts from the Executive and Evening MBA Community

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Why a business school dropout is getting her MBA

I have a confession: I dropped out of business school. In undergrad, that is. It was over as soon as I finished my first semester of accounting. I walked out of that class and straight into a communications degree and never looked back. The communications degree has served me well; from the first six years of my career as a political press writer to now leading the state government affairs team at Emory University, I have relied on my communication and writing skills in every aspect of my career.  Yet as I began to grow into my role at...

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Network along with your classwork! Taking advantage of Goizueta student life

As working professional students, we so often get caught up in the day-to-day tactical grind of work and school. It’s easy to forget that we’re back in school again for these short few years and they absolutely fly by in the blink of an eye. As Goizueta students, we have unique opportunities to take advantage of Emory campus life with our classmates and network with professionals in diverse industries which we might not otherwise have. The working professionals MBA program office and the EvMBA social committee work hard during the year to put on fun and engaging student life...

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Why should women get an MBA?

While talking about the Leadership-Ambition gap, in her book “Lean In,” Sheryl Sandberg aptly remarks, “Professional ambition is expected of men but is optional — or worse, sometimes even a negative — for women.” I can truly vouch for this statement as I come from a very conservative culture. I realized that if I wanted to make something meaningful of my life and have an impact on society, I would have to find a more supportive community of like-minded people with similar values. I realized that to start even thinking about the bigger picture, I had to educate myself...

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More on the Goizueta Career Management Center

If you’ve never seen Pixar’s 2016 Oscar-winning short film “Piper,” then stop everything, pay $1.99 and watch it here. Seriously — you’ve probably spent twenty-six minutes just mindlessly scrolling through Twitter today. Just watch it. Like most Disney/Pixar creations, “Piper” has a simple plot but layers of emotional depth. The story follows a hungry bird named Piper on a quest for a meal. To accomplish this mission, Piper must overcome physical and psychological obstacles. The film begins with a scene any beachgoer knows quite well — a swarm of sandpipers running towards the shoreline, beaks dipping into the sand...

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How important is employer support?

A major consideration of any working professional pursing a graduate degree is the support they get (or may not get) from their employer. I have friends and colleagues who have left a company in part due to weak support for their part-time MBA and others who have turned down very lucrative offers to change roles because it would mean they could no longer realistically pursue their MBA.